The interest in coding among some of the biggest names in kids entertainment continues to grow. Following yesterday’s announcement of Mattel’s new Tynker coding initiative, Cartoon Network has teamed up with coding platform Scratch to launch a series of free coding tutorials for kids, featuring characters, scenes and sounds from its brand-new series We Bare Bears.
The We Bare Bears tutorials and three sample projects, which live on Cartoon Network’s website, will tap into Scratch’s global online community, which encourages children to create and share interactive stories, games and animations. The tutorials allow kids to snap together Scratch’s graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, talk and interact with one another, and they can be accessed on any laptop or desktop computer.
CN and Scratch have also created facilitator guides for educators and after-school-care providers who want to use the tutorials to introduce their students to basic coding.
The launch coincides with Hour of Code, a global movement designed to encourage young people around the world to spend an hour learning the basics of coding during next week’s Computer Science Education Week.
The kidnet collaborated with the Scratch team at the MIT Media Lab as part of its ongoing commitment to encouraging kids to learn more about science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM), which has picked up momentum in the kids educational and entertainment realms in 2015.